Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., is the John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. He served as Director of the Institute (1983-1989), and the Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Medical Center (1991 1996). He served as Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2009. He has also served as President of Catholic University; President of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center; Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee; Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Kentucky; and Vice President of the Health Sciences Center, SUNY Stony Brook. From 2004-2005 he represented the United States at UNESCO. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians; Fellow of the AAAS; member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; recipient of a number of honorary doctorates; and a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Award from the AMA, and the Abraham Flexner Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Pellegrino is the author of more than 500 publications. He is the founding editor of JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND PHILOSOPHY.